By Paul Anthony
I make it no secret that, I don’t like watching cartoon movies in the theater however I might have found the film that could change my mind but now we may never know because of the situation that the world is in with this virus. We all grew up loving Scooby- Doo and this brought back some great Saturday memories watching the dog and his gang solving scary mysteries, The live action movies were cute as well. Scoob! serves as a reboot of sorts because we meet the gang when they are young and learn how the group came to be! The movie sounds like it will be cute as well but the movie is far from perfect though.
We first meet Scooby-Doo who is a puppy that is living on the streets. who takes a piece of meat from a butcher. Not long after that the cops start to chase him and that’s when we meet Shaggy who is walking by himself trying to find friends but has no luck because he thinks he is an outcast. By pure luck the two run into each other and Shaggy even protects him from the cops and even takes him home where they begin their friendship. It’s not until Halloween that we meet Fred, Daphne, Velma. Who recues the two from bullies but their candy gets thrown into a old house that everyone believes to be haunted. Led by Fred they go into the house and of course there is an ghost but they quickly solve that problem and prove that there is no such thing as ghost! The gang then becomes Mystery INC. Ten years later the gang wants to grow but requires money that they don’t have in which they bring in an investor who is none other than Simon Cowell who basically says he will only invest in the company if they drop Scoob and Shaggy from the gang because they are dead weight. Before Fred can answer the two storm off. they decide to go bowling and get attacked by small robots but is recused by the blue falcon well the son of Blue falcon because his dad retired. The gang learns their whereabouts and set off to find them. Scoob and Shaggy and the blue Falcon starts to be attacked by the main Villain Dick Dastardly who wants Scooby because he is the last relative of Peritas who was the dog of Alexander the great. If Dick gets Scooby, he is able to unlock a portal that has tons of gold though he makes up a sad excuse to stop everyone from catching him. In the end the gang becomes reunited to stop him for good and Simon changes his mind about Shaggy and Scooby because he learns they are heart of Mystery INC.
Let me start with the pros of this film, I did enjoy the comedy aspect of it and the music and the touching story of how everyone in the group serves a purpose even if other don’t think so. The cons, Over the top mystery, we all seen the show and this case was just way too much for a first film, then having a bunch of cameos of the other cartoons. the Movie didn’t need both of those elements and I believed it hurt the film more than anything. In The end though this film could have been better but instead it was just average but still i would say watch it! I am giving this film an C for a rating!
By Paul Anthony
Let’s be honest, if you wee a kid in the 90’s growing up you know you read a Goosebumps book and even watched the show, heck to this day I still read the books and watch the show and I was even pumped to learn the show was coming back, which the wait is just getting longer and longer because of this virus but as a fanboy I have to say I was super excited when I heard about a movie that was being made. At first I was wondering if they would do the books in order which they would have tons of material for, however I was wrong, when the first film was released it was about the goosebumps book monsters coming alive, after the release I finally got behind that film and even the ending had set up a good plot for part 2. I knew there would be a part 2 because the film made 158 million from a budget that was around 84 million, with a story in place, we got a stand alone sequel that barely had any ties to the first. The film had a budget of 35 million and grossed 93 million which was basically on par with the first film. The movie went through 2 title changes, when it was first announced it was called Goosebumps: HorrorLand then got changed to Goosebumps: Slappy’s Revenge, only to get changed to Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween. Though this was a stand alone sequel it more felt like soft reboot with only mentioning that Slappy was involved in another situation like this.
The film starts in a small town in New York, here we meet the main characters of Sarah, whose trying to get into college and her brother Sonny and his best friend Sam. One day as Sonny and Sam was picking up trash in which they want to start garbage cleaning up service, they stumble on a book and Slappy without knowing they read a few words from this unfinished book that awakes Slappy. At first Slappy appears to be nice to them calling them his family but begins to use his powers to cause problems and harm around the people that are close to Sarah including her boyfriend. At this point Slappy heightens his powers to bring the monsters of Goosebumps alive and pretty much all Halloween decorations alive and turn them into monsters as well, story basically comes out that Slappy plans to Sarah’s mom into a dummy like him so he can have a mother who won’t abandon him like his father who it’s revealed to be R.L. Stine himself. Much like the first film the key to stopping Slappy is the unfinished book to catch him with. Unlike the first film Stine doesn’t need to finish the book to catch him, they just need to open the book and it will suck him in and of course the battle begins but the kids managed to save the day but when Stine returns home he see’s Slappy waiting for him and use the book on Stine which sucks Stine into the book leaving Slappy with the last laugh.
I did enjoy the movie but would have enjoyed the movie more if it was the first film. The fact that this film did feel like a soft reboot and nearly ignored all of the events of the first film only to reword the plot felt lazy to me. When you considered that nothing was explain on how Slappy got to New York and Stine not having his daughter with him and everything. The rumor was that there was two scripts with this film one with Jack Black and the other without him, I feel like they decided to mix the two scripts because Black was hardly in the film and was pretty useless in the film. This may have not been a reboot but it felt like one. In the end though I am giving it B for a grade it had it moments and potential to be even better but someone got lazy.
By Paul Anthony
Ten years ago a horror legend returned to the big screen and at first it seemed like everyone was happy but sad that Robert Englund was no longer going to play the league character a role that he played from 1984 to 2003. The film had Jackie Earle Haley play Freddy. Up to this point Haley has been around in Hollywood since the 70s but mostly in roles you may have forgotten about, now by all accounts he made for the right person to take on the role of Freddy. With the cast locked up and the film only cost 35 million and with the previous year having a new Jason film that which the fan base was happy with, it only seem natural that we would strike oil again and have another hit on our hands. In truth the film did become a hit and made 116 million from the 35 million dollar budget. However the fanbase decided to start turning on the film for a few reasons.
One reason was because fans didn’t like the use of CGI for the face of Freddy even though it actually made it look more real then the cartoon make up that he had for a face before. Sure maybe there could have been a mixture of both but to me there was nothing to that really. I started to hear about people complain about how there wasn’t any humor like the previous films now this is use true but the producers made it clear that they were going with a darker tone, a more scarier Freddy. To me that was the only way to go in today’s horror genre. The comedy of Freddy was no longer carrying the franchise just look at the numbers they began to drop once the story pretty much ended. Sure Jason vs Freddy was a modest hit mostly because people been craving to see these two go at it since the early 90s, on top of that you had two fanbases coming together. The final reason was many people blamed Jackie who in my mind was the best part of the film, fans came out and wanted Robert Englund back but here is the thing when producers said reboot at that point you knew Englund was done and trust me it was time to move on.
The film itself overall wasn’t bad by any means, sure it wasn’t biggest hit for a horror film but still good. The truth is many people wanted fresh stuff and Freddy is a legend there is a place for him and always will be but that is in the past. I am sad to see Jackie be one and done, we know the studio wants to reboot the film again and after ten years its a good gap to do so. The biggest rumor that Kevin Bacon is being eyed to play Freddy, which is a good choice he has the talent to honestly mix the two Freddies but we will see in the near future if this comes to be. In my final words I do say this enjoy the 2010 reboot and see the good that the film with making Freddy scary and not making him a joke!!
By Paul Anthony
We are marching towards April and yes we are all locked up in our house and we totally forgot that it was Women’s Month and there are so many good movies that represent women in such a strong light and one of the roles that I grew up on was of course the Resident Evil franchise when it first came out way back in 2002. So I wanted to revisit that franchise for this blog. The first film was a big hit, the budget was 33 million and the movie ended up making nearly 103 million dollars and 70 million dollar profit. It is only natural that a franchise would soon start and just two years later we got a sequel. Like all the other films that are sequels, the budget became bigger increasing to 45 million but the good news is that fans wanted to see this film and the numbers increased to 130 million for a total gross and profit of 85 million which was a 15 million increase over the previous film but was it worth it?
Let’s talk about the plot, the film picks up directly where the first film left with Alice being caption and then tested on and when she wakes after amount of time that is wasn’t made clear Raccoon City had to deal with the outbreak and crazy enough, the city was locked up and quarantine from the rest of the country. Once Alice wakes up and escapes she learns what happens to the city. Along the way she meets and befriends other survivors who want to escape and expose the truth to the rest of the world. Well of course Umbrella doesn’t wan the truth to get out there, so they set out to kill all those who want to expose them. However a higher member of Umbrella lost his daughter and wants Alice and her friends to find his daughter and he will give them a way out. of course the fight begins but Alice manages to find the little girl. It is revealed that her father made the virus for her so she could be able to walk and grow like a normal child but the T Virus was taken from him and misused but at the same time he also created a anti-virus as well which his daughter has. When the final fight happens Alice has to go up against her old friend Matt who also bonded with the virus but mutated into some form of a monster though he and her are actually being controlled however they gave her free reigns so she doesn’t know and the fight is pretty much even until Alice gets the slight upper hand but she stops when she realizes who the monster is and Matt regains control and turns on Umbrella saving Alice but then the bomb drops and we learn once again Alice survives and is recused by her friends who also survived and the movie ends when the audience learns Umbrella wanted her to escape.
Well I have to say the movie was a slight improvement over the first film and did a good job at introducing more of the game characters like Jill. They gave us a story that we could get behind with learning what the outbreak was and so forth and they gave us that little thing with having Alice be some type of program and super human. I got to say I did enjoy the action mixed with Mike Epps comedy to switch it up. Certain things like that can go a long way. In the end I have to say I am giving this film a good 90 percent or a good A and I have to say it is one of my favorite sequels so far!
By Paul Anthony
Well we are stuck in side and the movie studios are closed and nothing coming out, and the virus is spreading, we forgot about the fact that March was and is Woman’s month and before all of this I was planning to do some profile blogs on some big time actresses but as we all know our lives were put on hold for a few weeks but nevertheless one of, who I believe to be a top actresses and that is Michelle Pfeiffer. Just look at her body of work to see what I even mean. I was going down her list of films and I stumbled across this film which I remember seeing when I was younger but until now I haven’t watched it recently so I figured it was better than ever to watch it and review it. Now this movie came in July of 2000 and had a budget of 100 million and made 291 million so not a bad profit for a super natural thriller.
The plot revolves around Claire and Norman Spencer. Randomly Claire hears her new neighbors fighting and the wife goes missing which then super natural things start to happen which begin to drive Claire insane and it is becoming a bother to Norman but then as Claire begins to piece things together. Norman Shows her that the neighbors are perfectly fine, Things begin to return to normal for the Spencers but the hauntings start back up and Claire investigates and learns that she is being haunted by a college female who went missing over a year ago. this point she learns that this girl was a student of Norman but there is more to the story that he doesn’t tell her. First he tells her she was a student of his but one night when she is possessed by the girl she flirts with Norman and it helps a suppress memory and she remembers one night when she came home Norman was cheating on her with the girl which Claire left but had an accident and couldn’t remember the events until now. Norman admits to the affair but denies murdering her and called her crazy and claimed she was suicidal after he ended the affair. Claire knew he was lying at this point when he called 9-1-1 and fake a phone call to the police instead he just dialed 4-1-1 then he attacks Claire with halothane, which stops her in her tracks he attempts to drown her in the tub but with the help of Madison scaring Norman. Claire escapes but is attacked by Norman and their truck crashes into the lake where Madison’s corpse which holds Norman in the water to drown him. Some time later Claire leaves a red rose on Madison’s grave.
The Movie was much longer then it needed to be. Which means they added stuff that just dragged out the plot. I did enjoy Harrison Ford’s performance as well as Michelle Pfeiffer. The jump scares were far in between and didn’t work because it was clear that you saw it coming. Other than that I did enjoy the film in the end I am giving a good B plus and hey it was good to pass the time!
By Paul Anthony
Well guys I just got back from the theater and I have to say going in this movie Blumhouse seemed to be struggling to give us a good horror film. Black Christmas which was a reboot of a reboot that no wanted was a disaster and fantasy island got negative reviews however they made money because of the budget being so low. Now here we are with another film and that Film is The Invisible Man could they really redeem their selves? Well for starters they kept their plan going with producing a low budget horror film, the budget was only around 7 million and so far the film has already grossed nearly 10 million and mind you we won’t see Saturday numbers until tomorrow so already the movie made money but was it good?
First let this be know this is a spoiler so wait to read this blog. Okay now the plot follows a girl who wants to leave her abusive boyfriend and one night she does but not until he catches up with her and her sister and breaks her sister’s car window but they manage to drive away and she stays with a friend and his daughter. Emotional she is scared and following the next two weeks she hardly leaves to get the mail until she gets the news that her ex-boyfriend had committed suicide. There she begins to get the mail and take baby steps until she gets a letter stating that she will get 5 million in payments from his death. However she begins to notice things happening that would indicate that he is very much alive however she can’t see him and no one believes her. Then it becomes clear to her that he is alive when a full out attack happens and yet no one believes her and she even gets put away because she is accused of murdering her sister, well she is locked up she learns that she is pregnant. When Tom who is her boyfriend’s brother and a attorney informs her that she won’t be getting money because of her crimes however he does inform her there is a way out and makes it clear that he is in own the plan to basically screw her over. She plots her way out to prove she isn’t crazy well being under attack and she goes to his house and finds another suit that makes you become invisible and there she comes up with a plan however she has to rush to her friend’s house to save them and kill her boyfriend for good only to learn it was Tom however she knows her boyfriend set it up this way and when she kills him after it is revealed he was so called kidnapped but she was invisible to the camera and so it looked like he committed suicide and freeing her for good.
Now the cast was small and honestly well used and I do think they redeemed their selves with this film. I give them credit with using a real situation that a lot of women go through well using technology to make him appear invisible. There was no over the top drug and what not. The story was simple and they used some jump scares to make their point but nothing felt over the top. I am giving this film a good A for a grade. though its a horror film, it truly felt more like a thriller. Nevertheless it was good film!
By Paul Anthony
Netflix seems to be on good track in 2020 with their films and shows. I recently reviewed The Witcher and I did enjoy it, when I enjoy one show I have to give them the chance again with another show. Now Locke and Key was starting to be advertised and once I finished with The Witcher I decided to give Locke and key a chance. Could Netflix struck gold again? Well at first I wasn’t so sure but as I watched the show the more and more I started to realize that I am enjoying it. Not to mention you can’t go wrong with a product that was created by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill though he doesn’t like to tell people who his father is , which is a good choice, now onto the show right?
This season which is the first season does consist of 10 episodes and each episode is between 40 to 60 minutes long. Now I know this series is based on the comic book series, which I have not read, I can’t say how close to the source it really is, I can only base the review off of what I watched. The season focuses on the Locke family as they move from their home in Seattle to Matheson, Massachusetts when the children loses their father Rendell who is murdered by a former student of his. This situation forces them to move to their father’s family Home and there after the three kids, Tyler, Kinsey and Bode begin to find keys that opens magical doors but then soon realize that opening these doors do cause problems and reveal stuff about their father that they never knew. All this magic and fun and learning they doing they also have to battle a demon that they basically helped release by opening doors that they knew nothing about. Slowly with the help of their friends they battle the demon and the monsters but little did they know that the demon did a body switch and prisoned the wrong person who was a friend of their father and one of their friends is now possessed to make matters worse and that is how the season ends.
Now when a show is ten episodes and an hour long, sometimes a story can be dragged out and I feel like that is what we have here. Please understand that I am not saying it was dragged out too much but at times it did seem like they were dragging. I did enjoy the horror and magic mixed together it was good blend. I did like the other highlight of seeing children grow from and deal with the trauma of losing their father. I am interested in seeing what happens in season two. If you looking for a good show to watch I would say you will enjoy this show much. In the end I am giving this show a good 80 percent or a B rating.
By: Justin Hopkins
When I was thinking about which movies to pit against each other this month. Kind of struggled to think of one. Was sort of leaning towards The Longest Yard, due to football being synonymous with Thanksgiving, but wasn’t sitting well with me. So, I kept thinking. What could be a good movie to go with the month, where we celebrate by having a massive family dinner, and soon it became clear, that only one family dinner fit the bill. While I did plan on covering this movie at some point, Texas Chainsaw Massacre being in a polarizing state over which one is better, but polarizing with myself. This two, Original and Remake are great and stick with you no matter how much time has passed (More on that later) For all intended purposes, should be right down my alley. The first one was enjoyable and before I watched the remake for this review. I haven’t seen it since its theater run in 2003 and I remembered it so well, because it was one of a handful of movies to legit scare me, but for some reason. Just never have the desire to watch them after first viewing. As always though, this series is all about leaving personal grudges aside, along with nostalgia and give it a genuine honest review as I can. Lets jump right in with the original good times roll.
Special Shoutout to John Larroquette, for narrating both.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974
The story opens up with a narration, telling us that we are about to see a tragedy befall our main characters. Setting the story up like it is a retelling of a true crime. We hear a bit of shuffling around and flashes of grizzly images like they are photographs and then a decomposing body and radio report. Five teens on their way to check on Sally and Franklin’s Grandfather’s grave, to make sure it wasn’t vandalized and plan on stopping at their old families house. A regular road trip, that makes a turn for the worse when they pick up a hitchhiker. Who turns out to be real psychopath. Laughing maniacally and going into vivid details on cow slaughter and even sharing pictures with the group. The situation gets worse, when he takes Franklin’s knife and uses it on his own hand. They get it off of him, but when they try to get him to leave. He brings out a knife of his own and cuts Franklin’s arm, before they get him out. Continuing with their trip to the house. Ignoring the warnings and make it. Kirk and Pam venture off to the swimming hole when they hear a generator from another house. Aware that they need gas, they go over to buy some, and we get our first meeting of LeatherFace, who makes quick work of Kirk and sticks Pam on a meat hook. Forcing her to watch the dismembering. Then Jerry gets it when he goes looking and Franklin falls next. Leaving Sally alone and fleeing for her life.
The story was fantastic. It was dark and gritty. Borderlining psychological by how in your face and mocking the Sawyer family were toward Sally. Laughing at her misery. Characters all brought something different to the table and stood out. The shots were all well done, especially around the deaths. You don’t get much in the way of a kill shot, closest being Kirk, with the body twitching after the sledgehammer shot, but I feel that it works better in this case. They leave it up to your imagination of what is happening and that can be more impactful than actually seeing it.
Acting was spot on. Edwin Neal was tremendous as hitchhiker. Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn were perfect as four of the teens. Enough praise can’t be showered on Marilyn Burns. Her performance as Sally was spectacular. Gunnar Hansen created a horror movie icon and one I don’t hear really anything on and that is John Dugan who played Grandfather. He didn’t do much. Decrepit old man, but the little motion and bouncing in joy as he sucked her finger was beyond disturbing. Extremely disturbing.
The thing is, the positives are a double edged sword. The shots in the woods are at times, a bit hard to follow. The dinner scene is one of the best of the film, but the screaming bits lasts about a minute too long. Doubled down on the same thing with the Get’er Grandfather scene. Great, but goes on a bit to long. Then there is Franklin. Still confused on what his role actually is. He comes across as the unlikeable one you want to see die, but thinking about it, I would be pretty worked up to. Our first look at him he falls down a hill when a trucker freaks him out. Causing his chair to roll down a hill. Sliced by the Hitchhiker, and taken to a place where his chair can’t go, and kind of ditched by his group. Plus, him being in a wheelchair, means there is not much he can actively do to defend himself or his friends.
With all of that said, this is still a solid film all the way through. It was unique and terrifying without being weighed down by senseless gore. They let the story, actors, and well timed shots tell the tale, and delivered in spades. Although, I do wonder what happened to the truck driver at the end. He was kind of just left their on the side of the road. If I missed something or they did give one; let me know. Final Grade: A
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003
This time around, the prologue consisted of police footage of a cop heading into the Hewitt basement. Before we jump to the five teens. On their way to a concert, where they once again, pick up a hitchhiker. A woman who is in a state of shock and has to be brought into the van. Who immediately panic when she realizes they are heading back the way she came. After saying that she won’t go back and warning them they were all going to die. Produces a revolver and blows her brains out, in an extremely graphic visual. They stop off at the gas station to call the cops, and show Erin’s ability to use a knife. They are told they have to go meet the sheriff at the Mill and have a moral dilemma on whether or not they should just leave the body. Where they meet a small kid named Jedidiah. Who tells them the Sheriff is drunk at home and Kemper and Erin go off to get him themselves. There they meet a man an old man in a wheelchair who distracts Erin while LeatherFace takes down Kemper. Meanwhile back at the truck, Sheriff finally arrives to collect the body. Erin returns but without Kemper, and herself and Andy to go and find him. Only to be cornered by the old man and then, attacked by Leatherface. Andy tries to run, but gets his leg cut off and placed on the meat hook. Erin makes it back to the van, but the Sheriff returns and places them under arrest, only to begin to torment them. Forcing Morgan to act out the suicide and after a failed kill attempt the sheriff. Morgan is taken and LeatherFace is sent in to collect Piper and Erin. Who dispatches of Piper in quick fashion. Leaving just Erin on the run, but this time, the family is much larger, more demented and not going to say anymore for those who have not seen it.
Signs of a good remake is to take a well known story and make changes and twists on the ball. You get the same story, but add to it, and this movie should always be held to a gold standard for that. We got to see LeatherFace making skin masks and look at what was underneath. The ending was longer and her escape was earned. Then there was the introduction of the Sheriff. In these types of movies, the audience tends to be waiting for the main killer, I.E LeatherFace, but with his character. Being a huge mix of psychological and physical violence added to it. Making him as creditable of a threat as LeatherFace himself and that is a massive task to pull off. Giving Morgan a sort of a redemption arc was a good addition as well. Seeing him going from the one who wanted to abandon the body at the beginning to throwing his broken and battered body at Leatherface to protect Erin. He stood no chance and ended up getting chainsawed, but was a nice moment for his character. The shots again were all fantastic. Leatherface and then Erin using spyholes was nice. Helping to build the tension. You got a lot more gore and violence shown, with the suicide and some shots here and there, but utilized cutaways to similar effect as the first.
The actors had big shoes to fill, but they did a perfect job at casting. Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leerhsen, Mike Vogel, and Eric Balfour were excellent. Jessica Biel was absolutely stellar. Taking the main lead spot from Marilyn Burns, and she definitely shined, with so much more to do. They gave her a slight edge a bit, but showed vulnerability as well. Her torture went further than what the family was putting her through, but also had to take the life of her friend Andy to put him out of his misery. Erin was likeable and wanted to see her succeed. With her longer escape scene and attacking LeatherFace straight up with a butcher knife. Then ran over the sheriff for added measure. Jessica Biel took all of that and blew it out of the water. R. Lee Ermey was straight gold. He created a menacing character and the movie was that much better for having him. Andrew Bryniarski really took the classic role of LeatherFace and made it his own. Came across as threatening with his sheer size and came across more lethal than ever.
Going to tell you the truth. I don’t have much in the way of negative to say about this movie. Everything they did just worked so well. If I did have to say something negative. They could have ended with Erin escaping in the truck. They didn’t really need to have what they had afterwards, but at the same time. It helped Erin’s victory by giving the Sheriff his comeuppance and make off with the baby at the same time. It was nice, but not needed. Final Grade: S
Winner- The Remake.
I have to give it to the remake. As enjoyable and dark and gritty the first one was. The remakes extended story, R.Lee Ermey and Andrew Bryniarski adding so much more brutality and psychological elements. There presence alone automatically rampts up the tension to a high. The family as a whole seems much more lethal than goofy. You throw in Jessica Biel playing a stronger character and they were about to spin it into a much more satisfying and compelling story all the way around.
Thank you for reading
By Paul Anthony
It’s no secret that we live in a time where reboots and remakes is the standard but there was a time where ideas were fresh and money making was a new thing and many people wanted in. Writers started to write materials for movies that they hoped would make them money and life would be set. One of the bigger names in the game is Friday the 13th which means Jason Voorhees. See when you are creating materials for books and movies and even music, sometimes you have sell the rights to get somewhere. What are rights? Well say you write a movie and you can’t afford to make it without help, well you can sell the rights or in better terms you start a company but you need to sell percentages of the company to keep it going, though you founded it you are no longer the sole owner. Screen plays and other written materials is the same way. Now Victor Miller wrote Friday the 13th but sold the rights away to get the movie started which, we know became one of the biggest horror franchises
Last year, because of a copyright act that came about in 1976, creators who sold their work after 35 years can challenge to get their work back and Victor Miller won his case but the battle was far from over because he only got the rights to original film which doesn’t include Jason Voorhees because that is something Sean S. Cunningham made when his company got the rights from Victor Miller. Which a Judge ruled on the side of Sean’s side regarding that. Now the frustrating part is that we all know you can’t have Friday the 13th without Jason. The battle could go on for years because there can’t be a winning unless these two parties agree to do something. Now Can this rule affect any of the other big horror franchises in the game?
Nightmare on Elm Street film rights went right back to Wes Craven’s estate where it belongs without a fight since this year since it marked 35 years and because of another copyright law they have control of it for the next 70 years, good to say at this point we will see a remake of Freddy before we see another Jason film.
We know Halloween is doing just fine with two movie sequels in the works and the same goes for Child’s Play, since they just had a reboot released this year. We all know things can change and so do people minds if they see the money is there to be made. Which doesn’t make sense regarding Jason because if the film is done right then the money will be there!
By Paul Anthony
Welcome our Saturday night blog and for the last Saturday night blog before Halloween, I had to figure out which scary sequel should I do. Now the easy choice was to do Halloween 2 from the 80’s but I decided to go away from that and go with a film that I wanted to see but never got around to it. As you can see by the title we will be reviewing Strangers 2 Prey at Night. This movie was released in the March of 2018 and it was a sequel was ten years in the making, which may have been some of it’s downfall.
The Budget was very small for a big time release at just 5 million which was 4 million less then the first film. Now the first film made a little over 80 million, however this film just made over 30 million. Usually when a sequel takes ten years to come out and they have it in March which is a grave yard month there really isn’t much hope but was the film that bad to warrant those numbers?
The event in the film takes place ten years after the events in the first film. Here the film the story focuses on family traveling in Ohio to take their teenage daughter to boarding school because I guess she did something bad ass but the family giving up everything to do this. Once they arrive, they stay at a family trailer overnight, that where the Strangers start to show and begin to torment the family and kill off the parents leaving the kids by themselves to fight off the strangers which they do successfully or so we believe because the film ends in the hospital where the daughter hears a sound that she heard in the trailer park. Though the only one that could have survived was the Man in the Mask but even then he took a very bad better and got stabbed and burned.
Now I can say that I did find this film a slight more enjoyable with the pace and the music did make the film more entertaining then the first but the acting and even the script was just horrible, they could have said nothing and it would have been better. Now the acting was so bad and I get these people needed to be on the low end of the budget but just seems like they were trying so hard to be in character that it felt so fake.
Now in the end I have to say because of the acting and script I was very disappointed in this film. It could have been better even with the low budget, the fact that they took ten years to make this and they missed the target. In the end what would I grade this film? Well sadly I have to give this film a D even for a low budget horror film this was bad but if you are a fan of the first film and want to see the second just to complete the series then be my guest!